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Tips & tricks: Installing SoftMaker Office 2021 for Linux

SoftMaker Office 2021 contains a set of 64-bit applications that can be used with 64-bit (x86_64, amd64) Linux distributions. 32-bit distributions are not supported.

We test SoftMaker Office with the current versions of the following distributions and recommend choosing one of them:

  • Debian
  • Ubuntu
  • Linux Mint
  • openSUSE
  • Fedora

 


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Installation on Ubuntu

On Ubuntu, you should install SoftMaker Office using the command line.

Open a shell or terminal window and enter these commands:

sudo apt update
sudo dpkg -i softmaker-office-2021_1020-01_amd64.deb
sudo apt install -f

Setting up automatic updates on Ubuntu

SoftMaker Office 2021 can be updated from this DEB repository: https://shop.softmaker.com/repo/apt

You can configure your system to use this repository by first installing SoftMaker Office as described above, then opening a shell or terminal window and entering this command:

sudo /usr/share/office2021/add_apt_repo.sh

If you have set up automatic updates on your system, Linux will then keep SoftMaker Office 2021 up-to-date automatically.

If you do not use automatic updates on your system, entering these commands will update SoftMaker Office 2021 to the latest available revision:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

 


Installation on Linux Mint

To install SoftMaker Office, simply double-click on the DEB installation package.

Setting up automatic updates on Linux Mint

SoftMaker Office 2021 can be updated from this DEB repository: https://shop.softmaker.com/repo/apt

You can configure your system to use this repository by first installing SoftMaker Office as described above, then opening a shell or terminal window and entering this command:

sudo /usr/share/office2021/add_apt_repo.sh

If you have set up automatic updates on your system, Linux will then keep SoftMaker Office 2021 up-to-date automatically.

If you do not use automatic updates on your system, entering these commands will update SoftMaker Office 2021 to the latest available revision:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

 


Installation on Debian

On Debian, you should install SoftMaker Office using the command line.

Open a shell or terminal window and enter these commands:

su -
apt update
dpkg -i softmaker-office-2021_1020-01_amd64.deb
apt install -f

Setting up automatic updates on Debian

SoftMaker Office 2021 can be updated from this DEB repository: https://shop.softmaker.com/repo/apt

You can configure your system to use this repository by first installing SoftMaker Office as described above, then opening a shell or terminal window and entering these commands:

su -
/usr/share/office2021/add_apt_repo.sh

If you have set up automatic updates on your system, Linux will then keep SoftMaker Office 2021 up-to-date automatically.

If you do not use automatic updates on your system, entering these commands will update SoftMaker Office 2021 to the latest available revision:

su -
apt update
apt upgrade

 


Installation on Fedora

The RPM installation packages are digitally signed by SoftMaker. Before installing SoftMaker Office, you should download our public GPG key and import it. Open a shell or terminal window and enter this command:

sudo rpm --import linux-repo-public.key

If you skip this step, you will still be able to install SoftMaker RPM packages, but you must press Ignore when being told about the missing GPG key.

Then install SoftMaker Office by double-clicking on the RPM installation package.

Setting up automatic updates on Fedora

SoftMaker Office 2021 can be updated from this RPM repository: https://shop.softmaker.com/repo/rpm

You can configure your system to use this repository by first installing SoftMaker Office as described above, then opening a shell or terminal window and entering this command:

sudo /usr/share/office2021/add_rpm_repo.sh

If you have set up automatic updates on your system, Linux will then keep SoftMaker Office 2021 up-to-date automatically.

If you do not use automatic updates on your system, entering these commands will update SoftMaker Office 2021 to the latest available revision:

If you use yum:

sudo yum update

If you use dnf:

sudo dnf upgrade

 


Installation on openSUSE

The RPM installation packages are digitally signed by SoftMaker. Before installing SoftMaker Office, you should download our public GPG key and import it. Open a shell or terminal window and enter this command:

sudo rpm --import linux-repo-public.key

Do not skip this step, or else installation will fail with an obscure error message "Internal error" flashing shortly on the screen.

Then install SoftMaker Office by right-clicking on the RPM installation package and choosing "Install or remove software."

Setting up automatic updates on openSUSE

SoftMaker Office 2021 can be updated from this RPM repository: https://shop.softmaker.com/repo/rpm

You can configure your system to use this repository by first installing SoftMaker Office as described above, then opening a shell or terminal window and entering this command:

sudo /usr/share/office2021/add_rpm_repo.sh

If you have set up automatic updates on your system, Linux will then keep SoftMaker Office 2021 up-to-date automatically.

If you do not use automatic updates on your system, entering these commands will update SoftMaker Office 2021 to the latest available revision:

If you use zypper:

sudo zypper update

If you use yum:

sudo yum update

If you use dnf:

sudo dnf upgrade

If you have set up automatic updates on your system, you can skip this step, as Linux will update SoftMaker Office 2021 automatically for you.

 


Installation on other systems

If your system is not listed here and you cannot run the installation with the instructions given above, you can install SoftMaker Office using our .tgz-based installation packages.

Download the .tgz installation package. Uncompress and untar it, then run the installation script inside:

tar xvzf softmaker-office-2021-1020-amd64.tgz
./installsmoffice

 


Restoring document icons

When you install SoftMaker Office, the icons for common document formats such as DOCX, XLSX and PPTX are assigned to SoftMaker Office. If you do not like our icon style, you can easily restore the previous icons by running this script:

sudo /usr/share/office2021/mime/remove_icons.sh

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